President’s Achievement Award
Macy Welsh and Rodney Myers
The President’s Achievement Award is given annually to a woman and man in the junior class whose academic records, campus leadership and devotion to the ideals and objectives of Hiram College distinguish their performances as outstanding. Students selected for this award have demonstrated, during their years at Hiram College, marked growth in academic achievement and in personal development. They have displayed sensitivity to the needs of their fellow students, to those in the College community and of society in general, and they have made constructive contributions to the solutions of these problems. In sum, the President’s Achievement Award goes to those whose records best symbolize the educational goals of Hiram College.
Distinguished Student Leadership Award-Dively
The Distinguished Student Leadership Award is given annually by Hiram College in recognition of an outstanding senior student whose contributions to campus life have earned peer respect and admiration. The award recipient receives a gift of $1,000. Michael Dively, a former Hiram College Trustee, founder of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, three-term member of the Michigan House of Representatives and former faculty member at Albion College, is the founder of the award.
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award is given annually by Hiram College to a student or students who, through the quality of his or her leadership and overall character, exemplifies a spirit of inclusiveness and an appreciation for multiculturalism and diversity. The value of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award is based on investment returns and typically exceeds $500.
Yuksel Ismail Scholarship in Humanities
Danni Lynn McDonald
Established in 1986 by the Ismail family, colleagues, friends and former students, the Yuksel Ismail Scholarship honors the senior in humanities (humanities shall include classical studies, English, foreign languages, history, philosophy and religious studies) who best exemplifies the love of learning and high standards lived out at Hiram College by Yuksel Ismail, professor of languages and literature, until his death in 1986.
ODK National Leadership
Omicron Delta Kappa (OΔK) also, known as The Circle or more commonly ODK is a national leadership honor society. It was founded December 3, 1914, at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, by 15 student and faculty leaders. Chapters, known as Circles, are located on over 300 college campuses. The society recognizes outstanding achievement in the following areas: scholarship; athletics; campus community service; social/religious activities; campus government; journalism, speech and the mass media; and creative and performing arts. As the identities of newly selected members are kept secret for a period of time, ODK is fondly considered a quasi-secret society. Membership in the Omicron Delta Kappa Society is regarded as one of the highest collegiate honors that can be awarded to an individual, along with Phi Beta Kappa. In addition to meeting rigorous leadership and service criteria, student membership requires a grade point average of 3.5 or above.
Phi Beta Kappa
Lindsey Harris, Colton Kinderknecht, Andrew Runyon and Mark Sobnosky
Hal Reichle Memorial Award
The Hal Reichle Memorial Award is presented annually to an individual student who has demonstrated significant acts of kindness, generosity and compassion toward other human beings. The award recipient is chosen on the basis of humanitarian efforts, community involvement and volunteerism. The value of the Hal Reichle Memorial Award is based on investment returns and typically exceeds $5,000.
Alpha Society is one of Hiram’s highest academic honors. Membership is limited to students who have completed 12 or more hours of graded coursework at Hiram College and whose cumulative grade point average is 3.75 or better.
Alpha Society Graduating Seniors
Alpha Society Underclassmen
|Abbey Anderson||Giselle Bahena||Skye-Forest Baker|
|Victor Becerra||Brett Bentkowski||Amber Berumen Backer|
|Austin Blatt||Matthew Bruyere||Emma Chinn|
|Lisha Ciani||Stephanie Cipa||Alainna Conroy|
|Emily Daugherty||Kylie Davis||Riley Dearth|
|Olivia Detweiler||Kerry Dombroski||Gabriella Dukarm|
|Isabel Ebel||Adam Fitzgerald||Zachary Fox|
|Gina Gainford||Taylor Galla||Carolyn George|
|Makayla Gough||Emily Harris||Denise Hart|
|Erika Hatch||Matthew Hecker||Tyjaun Hill|
|Samuel Hitchcock||Samantha Hudson||Akiya James|
|Kiara Jeffrey||Jamie Jelenic||Rachel Jerkins|
|Amanda Jordan||Carah Katzendorn||Makenzie Kelley|
|Alexia Kemerling||Michelle Kennedy||Nicholas Krasnoschlik|
|Trenton Lair||Hanna Lane||Valerie Lauderback|
|Matthew Lee||Callie Levan||Carlee Lisser|
|Erica Lohan||Breanna Louis||Grace Lutat|
|Anthony Lyon||Brynne Mann||Hannah Mann|
|Jessica Maurer||Ashley Meier||Stacey Menzies|
|Kelly Miller||Jacob Moncher||Zoe Mongold|
|Quentin Moore||Reginald Moore||Miranda Mordue|
|Kimberly Morrison||Ryan Mount||Jenna Nelson|
|Brendan Niggemeyer||Madison Paden||Anna Pallante|
|Keegan Rankin||Kelly Ratliff||Thomas Rink|
|Olivia Rivard||Jeffery Robb||Jasmine Rosiak|
|Nikkia Schady||Bailey Scheck||Adam Schlaker|
|Kathryn Slates||Allison Shultz||Margaret Stehno|
|Ana Strauss||Thomas Swope||Quinn Tucker|
|Victoria Valetta||Lori Vaught||Valori Vaught|
|Danielle Vincent||Hannah Waldman||Hannah Ward|
|Katie Whisler||Abigail Wirfel||Brianna Woodworth|
|David Yost||Yajing Zhang|
Academic Department Awards
These awards were presented, or will be presented, at individual departmental celebrations and ceremonies. They are listed here so all may partake in the celebration and recognition of excellence.
Art Department Awards
Alex and Tamara Brady Pendleton Best in Show Award:
Natalie Quarry, Body of Work
Paul A. Rochford Award for Excellence:
Abigail Stevenson, Body of Work
Ellen Jagow Award for Painting:
Cleo Starpattern, Series of Paintings
Abigail Flint Award for Photography:
Shan Jin Zi, Pair of Photographs
Award for Design:
Charlie Wirfel, Mixed-Media Collages
Award for Outstanding Work by Freshman or Sophomore:
Miranda Mordue, Photography
Kasie Purpura, Jewelry
Biology Department Awards
James H. Barrow Scholarship in Biology:
Established by the friends and students of James H. Barrow, professor of biology at Hiram College from 1957 until 1987 and founder of the James H. Barrow Biology Field Station. Awarded annually to a deserving student majoring in field biology.
Dwight H. and Trudy Berg Award:
Established and endowed by Dwight H. Berg, professor emeritus in biology, and his wife Trudy. To be awarded to a deserving junior or senior biology major who has emphasis in botany and who is planning to attend graduate school in botany.
Eastman Kodak Company Awards:
Abbey Anderson, Hannah Bennett, Kiara Jeffrey, Andrew Lisak, Kristin Maslach, Anna Pallante, Danielle Vincent
Established by the Eastman Kodak Company to honor employees who are graduates of Hiram College. Awarded on the basis of merit to students majoring in biology.
Paul Smey Award in Biology:
Awarded to an outstanding biology major with an interest in medicine, the Paul Smey Award in biology was established by family and friends in memory of Paul Smey ’69, a distinguished pediatric urologist.
Thomas E. Lingafelter Memorial Award:
Established and endowed by Constance Rullestad Lingafelter ’59, and friends, in memory of her husband, Thomas E. Lingafelter ’60, a devoted alumnus. Awarded to the student who makes the most significant contribution to the work at the field station.
The Kyna Barber Endowed Scholarship:
Established with gifts provided by Tom and Ling Barber along with gifts from family and friends of Kyna Barber. The scholarship shall be awarded to a senior student who has been admitted to a graduate program at an accredited college or university in a medical related field. The medical related field shall be any graduate study, including but not limited to medical school, dental school, graduate nursing programs, medical research, or medical related microbiology, biotechnology, or biology/chemistry.
Grace Pickford Scholarship:
Kelton Scott McMurray Memorial Scholarship:
Biomedical Humanities Department Awards
Outstanding Achievement in Senior Seminar:
Outstanding Achievement in Senior Seminar by a Minor:
Carol Donley Scholarship Award Winners:
Hannah Mann and Jessica Caspio
Chemistry Department Awards
Outstanding General Chemistry Student:
Outstanding Organic Student:
Outstanding Inorganic Student:
Outstanding PChem Student:
Outstanding Biochemistry Student:
Outstanding Senior Biochemistry Student:
Lubrizol Chemistry Scholarship:
Jody Modarelli Scholarship:
Paul Fall Scholarship:
American Chemical Society – Akron Section Outstanding Junior Chemistry Major:
American Chemical Society – Akron Section Outstanding Chemistry Major:
Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship Awards
Fall ideablitz! Idea Competition:
- 1st Place: Peter Sullivan ‘20 and Meagan McCoy‘19 – SafeCon
- 2nd Place: Katarina Lechman ‘23*, Lisa Nazelli ‘23* and Emma Vaccaro ’23* – Style Savvy
- 3rd Place: Winston Breeden ‘23*, Jonathan Edwards ‘23* and Steve Kruszenski ‘23* – WalTrak
Spring ideabuild! Idea Competition:
- 1st Place: Meagan McCoy ’19 – TOYS
- 2nd Place: Michael Dietzen ’22 – Wake Up and Donate
- 3rd Place: Aliyah Benson ’21, Ryan Carey ’21, Miranda Miracle ’21, and Macy Morales ’21 – RevTattoo
NOTE: *College Credit Plus student
Ronald W. and Thomas E. Lingafelter Memorial Endowed Scholarship:
This scholarship is given in honor of Ronald W. and Thomas E Lingfelter, graduates of Hiram College. The award shall be given to an outstanding student demonstrating participation in entrepreneurship studies, expressing interest in entrepreneurship, and demonstrating high achievement in scholarship, leadership and citizenship.
Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award:
Michael Eversole – Envision Clothing Company, LLC
Curtis Caithaml – Hiram Cake Boys
Vince Suso – Hiram Cake Boys
Will Howell – Hiram Cake Boys
Declan Ange – Hiram Cake Boys
This award is given to students, chosen by the faculty, for outstanding achievements in the field of Entrepreneurship.
Communication Department Awards
Lambda Pi Eta President Award:
This award is given to a student who has diligently served as the President of the Zeta Lambda chapter of the Lambda Pi Eta, the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association. The student must prove to be reliable, organized and enthusiastic about the organization as well as the Communication Program.
Computer Science Department Awards
Irina Lomonosov Award:
Presented to an outstanding senior computer science major.
Angela Guercio Award:
Presented to a senior computer science or applied computer science major who has shown outstanding dedication to computer science and service to the department.
Economics Management and Accounting Department Awards
Claude Henry Crafts Achievement Award:
This monetary award is given in honor of Claude Henry Crafts, a graduate of Hiram College. The award shall be given to an outstanding male with a B or better GPA at the end of his junior year. He should be majoring in the field of business or a related business field. He should be athletic, outgoing, friendly, and helpful. The recipient should be of upstanding good moral character and returning to finish his senior year at Hiram.
Financial Executive Outstanding Junior:
This monetary award is given to a student at the end of his/her junior year who is majoring in Accounting & Financial Management. The recipients are chosen by the faculty and must exhibit exceptional performance in the accounting coursework. These students have already been formally recognized at an event held by the Financial Executive Institute.
Ohio Society of CPAs’ Ambassador Award:
An accounting student is chosen by the faculty to serve a one-year term as the Ohio Society of CPA’s ambassador. This student is expected to communicate to high school and college-age students the advantages and exciting opportunities available in the accounting profession.
Outstanding PGS Accounting Student:
Jilyann Atkinson and Mario Vaughn
This monetary award is given to a student, chosen by the faculty in the department, who is majoring in Accounting & Financial Management through the Professional & Graduate Studies program. The student should exhibit enthusiasm for the accounting profession and excellence in the classroom.
IMA President Award:
This monetary award is given to a student who has diligently served as the President of the Student Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants. The student must prove to be reliable, organized and enthusiastic about the accounting profession and the student chapter of the IMA.
Outstanding Financial Account Student:
This monetary award is given to a student, chosen by the faculty, who has taken the financial accounting course during the current academic year. The student exhibits excellence in the classroom and a potential for further study in Accounting.
This scholarship is given to a Management major chosen by the department who has demonstrated worthiness in his or her performance in Management coursework.
Kaylee Savage – Accounting & Financial Management
Kourtney Holcomb – Management
Jared Wright – Management
Students majoring in these majors are eligible to graduate with honors from the department if they have a major GPA of 3.6 or higher, a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher and a sum total major and cumulative GPS of 6.8 or higher.
English Department Awards
Grace J. Chamberlain Prize in Creative Writing:
Established in 2007 by Joyce, Robert and Dylan Chamberlain, the parents and brother of Grace J. Chamberlain, who died tragically in an automobile accident in 2006, this prize is awarded annually by the English department to a student who shows great promise in creative writing. This prize is funded annually by a Cleveland Foundation Donor Advised Fund.
English Department Book Award:
Zak Martinjako, Kenneth Norris, Alex Nardo, Lani (Luisa) Pace, Sean Melton and Austin Johnson
Awarded to a student who contributes to the intellectual life of the English department in creative and often unrecognized ways.
Hiram College Writing Center Award:
Lindsey Harris, Jennifer Kistler and Kelly Miller
This award goes to the seniors who have made the greatest contributions to the Writing Center and the writing program at Hiram College. Both exceptional service to the institution and an extraordinary personal commitment to the study of writing are required.
John S. Kenyon Memorial Award in English:
Awarded to honor the graduating senior student in English who best exemplifies the creative and scholarly spirit associated with John Samuel Kenyon, class of 1898, professor of English, 1916-1944 and emeritus professor of English, 1944-1959.
The Richard C. and Jo Ann Murphy Underwood Endowed Memorial Scholarship:
Student who, in the judgment of the English Department, is a promising candidate for a career in journalism.
Howard Seymour Bissell Scholarship:
A scholarship to be awarded each year to an outstanding Hiram student of English in recognition of excellence, based on merit, talent, achievement, and promise.
Carl Brown Memorial Scholarship:
For the purpose of establishing an endowed scholarship awarded on the basis of good character, scholastic ability, and literary achievement with first preference given to an English major who gives evidence of a distinguished career in this field.
The Lee and Irma Cannon Memorial Scholarship:
Matthew Mitchell and Jillian Schmidt
The Lee and Irma Cannon Memorial Scholarship was established and endowed by Mrs. Charity Cannon Willard, friends and faculties of the English and Foreign Language Departments, in memory of Lee and Irma Cannon, longtime and devoted members of the faculty who taught at Hiram from 1916 until their retirements in 1956 and 1954 respectively. It is awarded to an outstanding junior, alternating each year between a student from the English Department and the Foreign Language Department, nominated by faculty members of these respective departments.
Environmental Studies Department Awards
Lubrizol Foundation Awardees:
Andrew Lisak, Madison Proctor and Zachary Fox
These awards are made possible through the generous support of the Lubrizol Foundation to selected academic programs at Hiram College. Awardees in the Environmental Studies major are students who have demonstrated academic achievement, academic potential, or active engagement in the environmental field.
The David A. Cornicelli Memorial Scholarship:
This scholarship was established to celebrate the life of David A. Cornicelli, a graduate from Hiram College who was very active in the environmental field. The scholarship is awarded annually to a junior student(s) majoring in Environmental Studies. Preference is given to students from Trumbull County, Ohio; however, if there is no eligible student from Trumbull County in any year, the scholarship may be awarded to an otherwise eligible student.
History Department Awards
The Dorothy Garrett Martin Award in History:
Established and endowed by Frederick W. Martin ’64 and James K. Martin ’65 in honor of their mother. Awarded annually to a junior woman majoring in history as chosen by the History Department faculty.
The Thomas Mark Pytel Memorial Award:
Established and endowed by friends and his wife, Gail Meyer Pytel ’66, in memory of Thomas Mark Pytel ’66. Awarded to an outstanding junior, alternating each year between a student from the Political Science Department and the History Department, nominated by the faculty members of these respective departments.
Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature Awards
Gillmer Kroehle Contest in Creative Nonfiction:
- 1st Place: Jennifer Kistler “Trains of Thought: Memories of Pap Pap”
- 2nd Place: Alexandra Nardo “The Four Generations and Their Flowers”
- 3rd Place: Matthew Mitchell “On Car Seat Headrest and the Currency of Marriage”
- Honorable Mention: Lani Pace “Story Grove” Katie Whisler “Upon Finding Oneself Lost in the Village”
Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize:
- 1st Place: Matthew Mitchell “sonnet cycle for a high school basketball game in northeast ohio”
- 2nd Place: Alexia Kemmerling “Demolition Begins in Earnest”
- 3rd Place: Katie Whisler “you are the rebel king”
- Honorable Mention: Hannah Hilty “The Fifth”
Barbara Thompson Award for Short Fiction:
- 1st Place: Alexia Kemmerling “Summer of the Cicadas”
- 2nd Place: Hailey Torporcer “Dream Crusher”
- 3rd Place: Matthew Mitchell “Portal”
- Honorable Mention: Yidiayah Box “She Lives in My Lap” Lani Pace “Plague of the Heart”
ECHO Student Literary Regional Competition:
- 1st Place: Matthew Mitchell, Hiram College, for “a portrait of the day phife dawg died,” “appalachian gods don’t believe in me,” and “my parents need to stop playing the eagles when they are drunk and dancing”
- 2nd Place: Alexia Kemmerling, Hiram College, for “Erosion,” “Keep Out:’America the Beautiful,'” and “I decided to help my father”
- 3rd Place: Jenna Durant, Muskingum University, for “Why I Wish I Was Paul Simon,” “Fresh Canvas, Blank as Winter,” and “Astral Projection from a Front Stoop”
- Honorable Mention: McKenzie Caldwell, University of Mount Union, for “The Willows,” “what they told you about the loony bin was wrong, it’s the e r you gotta look out for,” and “Elsewhere”
- 1st place: Matthew Mitchell, Hiram College, for “Harmonicas Playing Skeleton Keys”
- 2nd place: McKenzie Caldwell, University of Mount Union, for “The Missing Link”
- 3rd place: Alexia Kemmerling, Hiram College, for “The Way Things Seem”
- Honorable Mention: Faith Harrison, Hiram College, for “Hi, My Name Is”
- Honorable Mention: Elita Jones, Muskingum University for “Rain”
- 1st place: Katie Whisler, Hiram College, for “Impressionism, in Effect”
- 2nd place: Callie Levan, Hiram College, for “Shallow Water”
- 3rd place: Kelly Miller, Hiram College, for “Sunflowers”
- Honorable Mention: Ryan Ditrick, University of Mount Union, for “Regicide”
- Honorable Mention: Alexia Kemmerling, Hiram College, for “Finders Keepers”
- Honorable Mention: Matthew Mitchell, Hiram College, for “Portal”
The annual Echo Contest is open to undergraduate students currently enrolled at Bethany College, Heidelberg University, Hiram College, Marietta College, University of Mount Union and Muskingum University. A panel of faculty from the partner schools judges the entries. Judges do not know the identity of the entrants, and judges do not read or evaluate the entries of students from the colleges or universities where they teach.
Music Department Awards
Gertrude Frohring Award:
Alice Crane Williams Award:
Mary A. Crawford Award:
Clarence R. & Alice Seymour Bissell Award:
Marcia Kenyon Bissell Award:
Alice Seymour Bissell/Hiram Women’s Council Award:
Andrew Hopkins Prize – Outstanding Instrumentalist Award:
Nursing Department Awards
Rachel Boehm, Josselyn Frazier, Savana Lowery and Sarah K. Helmick (McClellan)
Academic Excellence in Nursing Award:
Rachel A. Boehm
Given to a graduating senior who has achieved the highest overall and nursing GPA.
Service & Leadership in Nursing Award:
Muhamad R. Jusran
Given to a graduating senior who has made outstanding leadership and service contributions during his or her time at Hiram College.
Summit/Portage District Ohio Nurses Association Award:
Aleyna V. Gee
Given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated organizational leadership and service.
Hiram College Nursing Nightingale Nobel:
Josselyn B. Frazier
Performing Arts Casey Awards
Senior Departmental Awards
Hannah Hilty and Megan Kern
Philosophy Department Awards
Eugene H. Peters Prize in Philosophy:
The Eugene H. Peters Prize in Philosophy was established in 1983 to honor the memory of Professor Eugene H. Peters, who taught philosophy at Hiram College from 1962 until his untimely death in May of 1983. The prize rewards students who have done exceptional work in the field of philosophy.
Physics Department Awards
Arthur Wright Erskine Memorial Prize in Physics:
The Arthur Wright Erskine Memorial Prize in Physics was established and endowed by a bequest of Betsy Smith Erskine in memory of her husband Arthur Wright Erskine, class of 1907. First given in 1958, the prize goes to the senior student who shows the greatest promise in the science of physics.
Political Science Department Awards
Pi Sigma Alpha:
Lindsey Harris and Megan Kern
Pi Sigma Alpha is the national honor society for Political Science.
Psychology Department Awards
Psi Chi, International Honor Society Inductees:
Laura Adamovic, Victoria Fallucco, Jared Louie, Olivia Rivard and Kerington Vickers
Psi Chi gives national recognition for academic excellence and offers opportunities for networking, scholarships and leadership development in the field.
Psychology and Philosophy Department Awards
The Thomas Wayne Grant Prize:
Annual award given to an outstanding psychology and/or philosophy student.
Athletic Department Awards
Athletic are announced at the Student Athlete Appreciation event. The athletic department presents several named awards each year to individual student-athletes in recognition of their athletic accomplishments.
The Pam Smith/North Coast Athletic Conference Woman of the Year Award (Hiram NOMINEE to the NCAC):
Awarded annually to the outstanding graduating female student-athlete in the NCAC. The award recognizes a student-athlete who has distinguished herself throughout her collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership.
The Don Hunsinger/North Coast Athletic Conference Man of the Year Award (Hiram NOMINEE to the NCAC:
Awarded annually to the outstanding graduating male student-athlete in the NCAC. The award recognizes a student-athlete who has distinguished himself throughout his collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership.
Donald M. Campbell Memorial Award:
Horace Johnson Jr.
Awarded each year to the College’s outstanding male student-athlete. It was established in 1961, as suggested by the then editor of the school newspaper, as an award to honor the outstanding male athlete of the year. Named after the newspaper, it was originally called the Terrier Award. In 1970, it was changed to the Donald M. Campbell, Jr. Award to honor one of our former athletes who lost his life in a house fire while attempting to save his parents’ lives.
Helen M. Petrosky Award:
Established by the Department of Physical Education in honor of a former faculty member and chair for 29 years, “Miss Pete.” Awarded each year to the College’s outstanding female student-athlete.
Charles A. Henry Award (Outstanding Junior Scholar Athlete):
Myrtis E. Herndon Award (Female Scholar Athlete):
Bill Hollinger Award (Male Scholar Athlete):